New laws affecting drone usage in the state take effect December 1, 2017. One of two new laws prohibits drone usage within a 500 foot horizontal distance or a 250 foot vertical distance of a prison, jail or any correction or containment facility. The other law clarifies that state drone laws also apply to model aircraft as well, though model aircraft remain exempt from the state’s permitting requirements for drones. The law also loosens restrictions on the use of drones in emergency management, specifically lifting restrictions on the use of special imaging technology which previously was only permitted for scientific purposes. The two laws were passed by the General Assembly back in July.